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Deaths in Caroline County, VA Highlight Boating Dangers

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Deaths in Caroline County, VA Highlight Boating Dangers

The recent boating deaths of a 4-year-old child and his 73-year-old grandfather in Caroline County has highlighted some of the dangers of boating.

The child and his grandfather were on a fishing trip. They died after their boat overturned, according to the TV station WRIC.

Over the next few weeks, the weather will get warmer and more people will head out onto the waterways of Hampton Roads.  More boating accidents occur in the summer months on The Chesapeake Bay, the Lynnhaven River, the James River or the Elizabeth River. Inevitably, there will be more accidents.

WRIC in Richmond reported that the body of 73-year-old Alvin “Boone” Clark was pulled from the water shortly on Sunday morning, according to Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa. 

Lippa said the body of a four-year-old from Tappahannock was pulled out of the water shortly after midnight Sunday after hours of searching.

It appears that a small boat overturned on a private pond of Sparta Road in Caroline County. This was a tragic accident, and my thoughts are with the family of those who died.

In some cases, another boater can be to blame for deaths and injuries. Last year, two boats collided in Gates County, NC, killing a husband and wife from Virginia.

Boating is governed by a set of rules in Virginia set out by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. There are speed restrictions on the water and rules on navigation. Not all people who climb into a boat are aware of these rules and the hidden dangers.

The waters off Hampton Roads can be very cold, particularly at the start of the season, and people get into trouble fast if a boat sinks.

You should always

1 Make sure you know where you are going

2 Make sure your vessel is seaworthy

3 Not be drinking alcohol if you are at the helm of a boat

4 Make sure to stick to speed limits

5 Draw up a float plan before you set out. U.S. Coast Guard has issued new guidance on how to create an effective float plan.

If you have been hurt in a boating accident or have lost a loved one, another boater or party could be to blame, and you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. Our Virginia personal injury lawyers can deal with all of your questions. Call us today at (757) 455-0077.

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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